• Matt Esnayra

LB Cop shoots man holding a paintball handgun, LBPD says

Photo via the Long Beach Police Department

A Long Beach Police officer wounded a 28-year-old man, who allegedly was pointing a paintball gun at police early Halloween morning, according to a press release.


Officers were sent to the 1900 block of Harbor Avenue at about 1:04 a.m., after reports of gunfire. When the police arrived at the scene, one officer interacted with a male, who seemed to be holding a gun and "who pointed a weapon in the direction of the officer."

  • An officer believing the man was armed, shot the man in the lower body. Police gave aid until the Long Beach Fire Department arrived. He was later transported to a local hospital.

  • Police say the man was holding a CO2-powered paintball pistol and told the officers he was 'suicidal."

  • The LBPD says, "All officers were equipped with body worn cameras," and that the "department is in the process of reviewing the footage."

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